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Look Inside Caliban

The Missing Link


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Literary Studies

  • Date Published: August 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108063678

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  • Having acquired a Shakespeare folio for a few shillings, anthropologist Daniel Wilson (1816–92) found in The Tempest a source of scientific intrigue. Writing more than two hundred years before Darwin propounded his theory of evolution, in his final play Shakespeare had created a missing link caught between the animal and the human. In this monograph, first published in 1873, Wilson uses the strange and unfortunate character of Caliban as a means through which to explore the principles of evolution. He traces many of the play's plot devices back to real events that perhaps inspired them - from storms in Bermuda to records of semi-human creatures around the world - and brings literary commentary into science as he links the relationships set out in the play to anthropological principles. This interdisciplinary approach makes the book both an entertaining exegesis of the play and a uniquely accessible explanation of contemporary scientific theories.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108063678
    • length: 298 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.38kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. In the beginning
    2. The Caliban of evolution
    3. Caliban's island
    4. The Tempest
    5. The monster Caliban
    6. Caliban, the metaphysician
    7. Caliban, the theologian
    8. The supernatural
    9. Ghosts and witches
    10. Fairy folk-lore
    11. The commentators
    12. The folios
    13. Notes on The Tempest
    14. A Midsummer Night's Dream.

  • Author

    Daniel Wilson

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